Reviews
Overall, I finished the podcast. So, it’s not absolute trash. However there are distinct pros-and-cons to it at the same time. Here’s a short list: Pros: - Great sound quality and production - Enticing narration - New Jersey Cons: -Utter misrepresentation of basically every Pagan faith -...Read full review »
"Task Force" via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/07/22
This started off as a good true crime podcast. I live in NJ so the local history and details of the area were especially interesting. I didn’t even mind the history of the Jersey Devil etc. But the podcast goes downhill fast. It starts telling a story of what Tommy did and thought that is 100%...Read full review »
geekgrrl77 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/06/22
Loved how you told it, and how the writer left Tommy with some humanity. It is hard to believe that a child could commit such heinous acts alone in his mind without the influence of evil. Very creative way to end the unanswerable questions.
Schmittner13 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/03/22
This is not a true crime podcast, it’s just speculative fiction!! How did this podcast find its way into the true crime category? It also conflates paganism with satanism, and satanism with DnD. The host doesn’t address mental health even once. He claims to know what was going on in the killers...Read full review »
1LMP via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/30/22
Hasnt anyone looked up this case? I dont even know if that grainy black & white picture is really Tommy? Theirs SO LITTLE INFORMATION ON THIS CASE I think the host did the best he could with what he had. He was working with this info: a seemingly normal adolescent boy who wasn’t any trouble,...Read full review »
althea72 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/29/22
I am honestly disgusted at the direction this podcast went in. What I thought was going to be an investigation into how a normal kid sadly descended into psychosis became a bizarre discussion of satanism (from what sounds like someone who actually believes summoning demons is real?????). The way...Read full review »
Cobragirl1114 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/11/22
Nearly every negative review says the same thing. Just leave the stars and save us another redundant and identical screed. These people miss the point—THERE IS NO EXPLANATION FOR THIS CRIME. Everyone who said “I’m waiting for the actual explanation!” Is not understanding the show. The kid had no...Read full review »
BGabita via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/15/22
This started out strong but about mid-series went into an VERY detailed, several episodes long, history of the devil and pagan rituals. It was a weird turn from the beginning of the series. I skipped through a few episodes to the last couple which got back to the original storyline.
Jaxwax78 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/09/22
I paid for a subscription to Wondery because I want NO advertising. This program contains what? Advertising. . . Is this a glitch or has Wondery just decided to advertise anyway?
12332455443 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/26/22
This is incredibly well researched and a fascinating story. I’m from nearby Jefferson and I’ve never heard of this somehow. Great story, thank you for telling it
Ef7571 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/26/22
It started out promising. Then got pretty boring. Then went totally off the rails. I couldn’t even finish it. 😂
Mrs.Holliman " via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/26/22
I loved the first couple of episodes but after that I wasn’t a fan at all. The majority of the podcast is speculation based mostly on satanic/demonic possession. The podcast does a poor job of addressing other theories for reasons and/or causes for Tommy to commit the horrible act against his...Read full review »
Rcwdlylion via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/23/22
I thought the host was great. I especially enjoyed the historical background of Cross Castle but I couldn’t seem to get over the story/narration of Tommy during the gruesome murder. How does the host know what Tommy was feeling or doing at that exact moment? It sounds great as a fictional story,...Read full review »
Nkaunaag via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/10/22
After episode 3 I’m more lost than ever. It started good but it’s now spiraling into… I have no idea. Is this about the murder/suicide or about this podcaster’s bias on pagans?
lesliediane79 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/22
No
Too much conjecture and no real journalistic work to get any answers about the case other than the devil made him do it. It’s mostly fiction and not even good fiction.
Slambeanie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/18/22
True crime? Ghost story? A purveyor of satanic panic? Unfortunately, this podcast trying to be all of them to a degree and really only succeeds with the last one. What’s worst is that the issue of mental health doesn’t get addressed at all. How could this happen? What were the warning signs? I’m...Read full review »
Suz in Lex via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/04/22
Please don’t be put off by other reviews. This is meticulously researched and very professionally produced. I appreciated the deep dive into the local history.
Forensics Fanatic via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/03/22
Maybe it's because I grew up in West Milford and was born in '73, but I thought this was a really well told account of the story. Yes, there is speculation and the presentation of paranormal explanations, but all are relevant, thoughtful, and pertinent. I enjoyed each episode. Fascinating...Read full review »
CantinaDan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/31/22
Truth: sad and fascinating matricide which could be looked at through the lenses of mental health & adolescence, maybe psychosis. This podcast does none of that. There was no devil in Tommy.
Cherrystone94 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/29/22
An interesting story. Not true crime. Most of the narrative is pure speculation. Not much by way of facts or historical record. Again, it’s kind of interesting if you enjoy the 80’s/90’s era satanic panic/occult stuff but in the end there’s only enough information actually pertaining to the case...Read full review »
ToatsMGoats314 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/28/22
Dissatisfied with how this teases some alternate explanation for this very strange murder but never gets there, and instead, in its crescendo, takes artistic license to describe an absurd demonic possession? We all know the Satanic Panic was largely based on propaganda, not sure what the point of...Read full review »
Sandy U-L via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/27/22
The first or second episodes had me hooked on what actually happened here with this troubled boy, unfortunately this podcast does very little to try and uncover that. Nevermind that the production is poor, the terrible music, the episode descriptions don’t at all correlate with what the actual...Read full review »
kelly-4 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/27/22
Very tragic story to tell but I enjoyed the host and the paranormal aspects involved in it. Great job.
MwestTenn via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/17/22
Why is there a ghost story within the already sensationalized story…It’s just full of weird narrative choices.
Zee.Moon via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/17/22
This podcast is well done. The host is excellent and the story is interesting. I highly recommend it.
dilyby56 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/15/22
I was hoping I’d eventually get past satanic panic and boogie men, but this podcast never gets there. There is even a few moments of hope, such as when some family history of mental health issues is mentioned, but is quickly dismissed as having no scientific basis (the brother commits suicide...Read full review »
Henny renee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/11/22
This is not a true crime podcast. This is a fan-fiction retelling of an actual crime. The narrator talks repeatedly about thoughts or visions of the main character which were NOT described by him to anyone else or written in a journal.
KAnselment via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/09/22
Sadly, this podcast does almost nothing to give itself credibility. There are no sources referenced and no experts or witnesses interviewed. This isn’t a true crime podcast, more of a “based on true events” imaginative narrative. Really mislabeled.
BucaDE via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/09/22
Enjoyed first few episodes grounded in reality. I even forgave the terrible music choices at the end of the episode jarring us out of the Mood. Credence was stretched when they gave a lot of apocryphal tales of a 13th child etc. However episode 8 is just a complete work of fiction as the narrator...Read full review »
amylknazi via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/07/22
Such a disappointment. Should not be listed as true crime. Missed opportunity to explore the possibility of sexual abuse by a priest or Boy Scout leader or the onset of mental illness that was far more likely to be responsible for the personality change in Tommy than the occult. I enjoyed some of...Read full review »
AnnListens via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/05/22
This podcast was pretty disappointing. It narrates almost like propaganda instead of actually providing meaningful review and discussion of the topic. It’s perception of Catholicism is so outside of mainstream and internal understandings that it’s almost farcical. At the end It’s speculative and...Read full review »
KJ Reviews Apple via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/28/22
This podcast makes it seem like it will investigate the real story of a crime that, at the time, had been blamed on satanism…instead it just adds to the misinformation and sensationalism. The fact that the family wanted nothing to do with the podcast is telling. The host just feeds into the...Read full review »
Cassasauresrex via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/28/22
Fascinating story that sticks with you. Many questions still remain about the murder. And the evidence that was found. I’ve done further investigating into the area and found a lot of strange happenings. One of the best podcasts I’ve listen to.
lilmelz22 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/27/22
Singular and limited. I wanted to hear more exploration on possible motive for such a horrendous crime. Scratch the surface of the “normal” family, family secrets? Trauma? Mental illness? Sexual abuse by the Catholic Church? A “good Catholic” kid doesn’t suddenly kill his mom because he got his...Read full review »
Shasta45 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/25/22
The negative reviews surprised me after binging this podcast. I thought the interweaving of history and the events leading up to Tommy’s awful and tragic end was really well done. Reading between the lines, I assumed the narrator’s representations of Tommy’s thoughts, feelings and actions are...Read full review »
yogini_53 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/25/22
The entire thing is so lacking any facts, that I don’t even know where to start. I think I’m just mad that my search for True Crime picked this up. This isn’t True Crime.
mhayor via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/22/22
Shameful exploitative trash
wondermonkey00 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/17/22
This is not true crime. The narrator makes no effort to distinguish fact from surmise or to source the few facts that are provided. Unlike most true crime podcasts no interviews with key individuals or even explanations as to what efforts were made to get information. Basically I could have...Read full review »
Player35774 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/22
Takes older murder and adds a bunch of possible scenarios. Very little facts
ss johnny via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/22
I live less than 2 miles from the events of this podcast in an adjoining town. I had no idea of the event, but did know of Clinton Road and it’s legends. I found the way the story is told was gripping and fascinating. I felt the narrator did an exceptional job of interweaving source information...Read full review »
PSpitnale via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/22
Talk about a piece of propaganda for an authoritarian controlling govt - this is like if Geraldo’s special on satanism (long debunked) was treated as gospel and then throw on even more outlandish claims like being asked to do a book report on world religions outside of Catholicism leads to...Read full review »
Want to like123456 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/05/22
Frustrated by this being listed as a true crime show, that goes on to explain (as if fact) that a boy possessed by a demon killed his mother. I was waiting for the child psychiatrist to come on and discuss early adolescent psychosis as a possible (and let’s face it, significantly more likely)...Read full review »
Ljssece via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/03/22
Pass
Larry33bird33 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/02/22
Equating Satanism and paganism as done in this podcast is misleading, at best, and incredibly dangerous, at worst. And this is just the tip of the misinformation iceberg in this show. This is not “true crime” it’s irresponsible, sensational, baseless speculation and is insulting to everyone...Read full review »
Urban_scientist via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/31/22
Really enjoyed this podcast. The narration, music, research and writing made for a compelling listen. Don’t think it’s necessary to strike it off as Satanic Panic. It’s one perspective that is supported by thought-provoking details. It WAS a true crime! But as with many real-life occurrences,...Read full review »
VAmar88 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/30/22
This show purports to be about a criminal case, but quickly devolves into cryptozoological jackassery. If you want the play make believe with the Jersey Devil and the occult, this show is for you. If you want a show about a criminal case with a legitimate investigation following actual facts,...Read full review »
Disappointed vs unofficial app via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/30/22
I enjoyed the story telling narrative. Yes it could be interpreted as speculative, but it’s about the occult… and the beast that roams Jefferson so in my opinion that’s to be expected!
Sophialar via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/29/22
I found the podcast, The Devil Within, to be very interesting. Not only was the main storyline riveting, but the back drop to Tommy’s story was fascinating for me. An event seldom occurs in a vacuum. Context is as important. Really like the narrator. Had a authentic sound, not ...Read full review »
houstonishome via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/27/22
This is fantasy fiction based on a horrible murder. No facts, no research, just the writer exploring his own imagination about what could have happened. Expected better from Wondery.
catriona88 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/19/22
Firstly, I couldn’t even finish all the episodes because this was so bad. I tried, couldn’t do it. This isn’t true crime it’s wild speculation that someone committed a crime because of access to books/music etc. The same crap happened in the 80’s which ruined peoples lives and promoted...Read full review »
RedHeadTruCrime via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/22
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